On January 6, 2017 our precious baby girl, Rayna Mae, was born. At 28 weeks and 3 days, she weighed just 2 lbs. ½ oz. and was 13 inches long. We heard a single ten second scream before the doctors and nurses put her on a breathing machine. They brought Rayna over to us so we could kiss her, but it wasn’t until 3 days later when we could actually hold our precious baby girl for the very first time.
During the time we spent not being able to hold our own daughter, we started asking questions about having a premature baby. Our doctors and nurses told us that prematurity would be a scary situation based on the stories we would read on the internet. They said only trust one resource with the most accurate and current information and that was March of Dimes. It was March of Dimes who gave us the resources, support and hope we needed to get through those worrisome 87 days in the NICU.
Rayna was able to come home on oxygen and would need to be on it until she was six months old. Within the year, she needed assistance for her eating challenges and physical therapy, but overall she is a happy, healthy one year old who loves nursery rhymes, playing peek-a-boo, pat-a-cake and is just starting to walk with the help of holding mommy & daddy’s hands.
Our family is honored to walk with you on this journey!